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Medical marijuana can be used under approved circumstances in 15 states. On the federal level, the Justice Department says it will not prosecute permitted users or raid medical marijuana dispensaries.

All good news for medical-marijuana users—until they attempt to get or keep a job. Because the courts, to date, have been clear: Employers have no obligation to accommodate medical marijuana use.

Since none of the state laws legalizing medical marijuana use contain any language regarding employment discrimination, “every court ruling thus far on the matter has been positive for employers,” says Richard Meneghello, managing partner of Fisher & Phillips in Portland, Ore., a state where medical use of marijuana is legal.

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